May 25, 2011

Joplin needs our help.

Just 50 minutes from where I live, thousands of people lost everything. There aren't any words to make it better, but what we can do is give of our resources. Convoy of Hope is just one of many organizations collecting donations. Friends who have families in Joplin tell us that the destruction is even worse than news reports are describing. Please do what you can.

May 11, 2011

i thought you should know

So, we have some news. And it's pretty big news in the grand scheme of things. It's the kind of news that truly changes the course of life. I mean, this is kind of serious when you really think about it. And no, I'm not pregnant.

Anyway, I thought you should know that we are moving. And when I say moving, I don't mean down the street. We are moving precisely 1,911 miles away from Springfield, Missouri.

But before I tell you where, there was sort of a "Battle of the Cities 2011" that got us to our decision.

First, we considered Seattle. We loved Seattle, a lot. Jason loved the fresh seafood. And I loved the fact that seagulls fly around Downtown. I actually said several times that Seattle is the most under-rated city I've ever visited.

Drinks at Clever Bottle

Then, we spent 24 hours in Portland. Who knew it was just a quick 3 hour drive from Seattle? Anyway, Jason fell in love, hard core, with Portland. I liked it a lot, too. Portland wooed us with their incredible food scene and single origin coffees.

Stewed rhubarb for brunch at the Daily Cafe

Dinner at Biwa
Seattle and Portland tried very hard to win our love. It was a fierce battle, but there was a third contender, and she drove a real hard bargain. The 1st place gold medal champion of the Battle of the Cities 2011 is....

San Francisco!!! 

If you recall, I have had a love affair with that city for quite some time. And now I actually get to live there, with my cute redhead and our goofy dog. It's almost too good to be true, I tell you!

Anyway, I thought you should know. The Mitchells are headed West.